Checking Behavioral Consistency Constraints for Pervasive Context in Asynchronous Environments

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Context consistency checking, the checking of specified constraint on properties of contexts, is essential to context-aware applications. In order to delineate and adapt to dynamic changes in the pervasive computing environment, context-aware applications often need to specify and check behavioral consistency constraints over the contexts. This problem is challenging mainly due to the distributed and asynchronous nature of pervasive computing environments. Specifically, the critical issue in checking behavioral constraints is the temporal ordering of contextual activities. The contextual activities usually involve multiple context collecting devices, which are fully-decentralized and interact in an asynchronous manner.